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The Secrets She Keeps

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Michael Robotham

The bestselling psychological thriller that will break your heart into tiny pieces, from world-renowned author Michael Robotham.

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If Cats Disappeared From The World

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A million-copy bestseller, a poignant and thought-provoking Japanese tale that asks what it really is that makes life worth living.

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Dark Emu (new edition)

Dark Emu (new edition)

Bruce Pascoe

Contradicts the conventional wisdom that native peoples were primitive hunter-gatherers

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A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

Amor Towles

21 June 1922 Count Alexander Rostov - recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt - is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel...

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Forest Dark

Nicole Krauss

A novel about personal transformation that interweaves the stories of two disparate individuals, an older lawyer and a young novelist, whose transcendental search leads them to the same Israeli desert.    

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Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.

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Jesmyn Ward

An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing examines the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power - and limitations - of family bonds.  

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Resurrection Bay

Emma Viskic

Profoundly deaf since early childhood, Caleb has always lived on the outside - watching and picking up tell-tale signs people hide in a smile, a cough or a kiss

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The Girl Before

The Girl Before

J. P. Delaney

Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection... but can you pay the price?  

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Idaho

Idaho

Emily Ruskovich

One hot August day a family drives to a mountain clearing to collect birch wood. The two daughters, June and May, aged nine and six, drink lemonade, swat away horseflies, bicker, sing snatches of songs as they while away the...

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Exit West

Exit West

Mohsin Hamid

An extraordinary story of love and hope from the bestselling, Man Booker-shortlisted author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist.All over the world, doors are appearing. They lead to other cities, other countries, other...

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Jennifer Egan

The long-awaited novel from the bestselling author of Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit From the Goon Squad.

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Grace

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Paul Lynch

An epic story of a young girl on a life-changing odyssey across nineteenth-century Ireland on the eve of the Great Famine

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A Long Way from Home

Peter Carey

Peter Carey has twice won the Booker Prize for his explorations of Australian history. A Long Way from Home is his late-style masterpiece.     

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Philip Pullman

Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his daemon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is...

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Sour Heart

Sour Heart

Jenny Zhang

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Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

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The book that sparked a national conversation.  

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In the long, hot summer of 1989, Ben and Fab are best friends. Growing up in a small country town, they spend their days playing cricket, yabbying in local dams, wanting a pair of Nike Air Maxes and not talking about how Fab's dad...

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Force of Nature

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What happened to Alice Russell? Five women go into the bush... but only four come out. The second, hotly anticipated novel by the author of the bestselling The Dry.

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The Idiot

The Idiot

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Selin, a tall, highly strung Turkish-American from New Jersey turns up at Harvard and finds herself dangerously overwhelmed by the challenges and possibilities of adulthood. She studies linguistics and literature, and spends a lot...

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Home Fire

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A contemporary reimagining of Sophocles' Antigone, Home Fire is an urgent, fiercely compelling story of loyalties torn apart when love and politics collide - confirming Kamila Shamsie as a master storyteller of our times.

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The Wanderers

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Station Eleven meets The Martian in this brilliantly inventive and timely novel about three astronauts training to be the first humans on Mars; a sharply observed story of ambition, endeavour and family.  

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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Arundhati Roy

'How to tell a shattered story? By slowly becoming everybody. No. By slowly becoming everything.'In a city graveyard, a resident unrolls a threadbare Persian carpet between two graves. On a concrete sidewalk, a baby appears...

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Sally Rooney

Frances is twenty-one years old, cool-headed and observant. But when Frances and Nick get unexpectedly closer, the sharply witty and emotion-averse Frances is forced to honestly confront her own vulnerabilities for the first...

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The Refugees

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The Refugees is a collection of perfectly formed stories written over a period of twenty years, exploring questions of immigration, identity, love, and family.

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Delphine de Vigan, George Miller

What would you do if your closest friend tried to steal your life?

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The Power

The Power

Naomi Alderman

The Power is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, taking us on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality while exposing our own world.

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The Dry

Jane Harper

The Dry is the highest selling Australian debut in 2016.

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LaRose

Louise Erdrich

In this literary masterwork, Louise Erdrich, the bestselling author of The Round House and the Pulitzer Prize nominee The Plague of Doves wields her breathtaking narrative magic in an emotionally haunting contemporary tale of a...

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